The Citizenship of Socrates

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The Citizenship of Socrates A good citizen is a creature of circumstance, one that is adaptive, responsible, and never stubborn when working with your government. As a citizen you should be defined by your loyalty and ability to interact within your society. Socrates, a citizen of Athens, was not what you would call a model citizen of his nation state. Socrates was more of a resident alien to Athens than he ever was an accepted member of Athenian society (at least in the eyes of the majority). There is no question that he was a brilliant man who deserves the educational acclaim he receives, however you can be the most in lightened human being to ever walk the face of the Earth, but you are a useless resource to your nation if you do not apply your talents constructively for the better good. Athens at the time was a nation under the pressures of war with another major power during Socrates’ life. In this circumstance, Socrates failed miserably at being a functioning piece of Athenian society and there for failed to be a good citizen. He was instead more comparable to a moral and scientific cancer that wasted both time and effort during
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course JMC MC 270 taught by Professor Craig during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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